Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
"Trial by jury is one of the fundamental ideals of American democracy; serving as jurors reminds us that these ideals exist only as long as individual citizens are willing to uphold them..." More »
This year, California celebrates the 16th anniversary of Juror Appreciation Week. In 1998, the California Legislature designated the second full week in May each year to honor the important contributions of citizens who devote their time and effort in "making the cherished right of trial by jury a reality." (News Release)
There have been numerous positive changes to jury service in California over the years. Two notable improvements are the one-day or one-trial system that makes jury service more manageable, and plain-language jury instructions that make jury service more understandable.
Each year, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the superior courts team up to recognize the millions of Californians who answer the call to serve their communities and put into practice the fundamental American ideal of justice.
Why celebrate Juror Appreciation Week?
Why participate in jury service?
You have the opportunity:
Did you know?
In FY 2009-10 statewide, Californians participated in jury service in the following ways:
Thank you for your service!